Frédéric Keck

Bio Outline


  • Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome


  • Musée du quai Branly
Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale


  • France


PhD (Philosophy), Université Lille III
DEA (Philosophy), University of Paris X-Nanterre
MPhil, Université Paris I-Sorbonne
Licence (History and Philosophy), Université Paris I-Sorbonne


Frédéric Keck’s research investigates how avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases in Southeast Asia impact human relationships with animals.

He studies how human domestication of animals resulted in contradictory cultural representations. Breeding livestock made food much more abundant and accessible, but it also helped pathogens emerge and thrive. Outbreaks such as avian influenza and mad cow disease show how we must constantly grapple with this tension in food safety policy and public health.


CNRS Bronze Medal, 2011

Relevant Publications

Keck, F. "Feeding sentinels: Logics of care and biosecurity in farms and labs.” BioSocieties 10, no. 2 (June 2015): 162–76.

Keck, F. "Liberating Sick Birds: Post-structuralist Perspectives on the Biopolitics of Avian Influenza." Cult. Anthropol. 30, no. 2 (May 2015): 224–35.

Keck, F. "L’alarme d’Antigone." Revue Terrain 64 (March 2015): 3–19.

Keck, F., and N. Vialles. Des hommes malades des animaux. Paris: l'Herne, 2011.

Keck, F. Un monde grippé. Paris: Flammarion, 2010.

Debaene, V., and F. Keck. Claude Lévi-Strauss: L'homme au regard éloigné. Paris: Gallimard, 2009.